Jukari Fit to Fly Basicsby Marie-Andrée Guimont
published December 07, 2009
In fitness training centres across Canada, Jukari Fit to Fly has been slowly but surely gaining in popularity this past year. According to adepts, this workout is an experience in itself. Developed by the Cirque du Soleil in collaboration with Reebok, Jukari combines artistic movements with tactics that help you get in shape. Here’s what you need to know:
Get moving for the fun of it
In a certain foreign dialect, Jukari means “having fun”. It is based on this concept that all the Jukari exercise moves were created. Its main objective is to offer a change of pace from those same ol’, same ol’ workouts… a cure for the exercise blues!
With the FlySet, an apparatus similar to a trapeze, you discover a unique sense of flight. As a group, you stretch, swing, balance, spin and everything is synchronized. In fact, this part of the exercise is rather artistic.
Those little extras
Even though the artistic Jukari Fit to Fly is full of graceful moves, don’t be fooled into thinking it doesn’t have any toning benefits! The entire body gets a workout, particularly the abdominal muscles. The result: not only will you gain muscle definition overall, you will give your body a complete workout, too.
And, of course, these steps and jumps burn calories as well as help your cardio-vascular system. While suspended in the air, these movements also have the ability to stabilize your body, helping increase your balance. The routines also help develop flexibility.
A few Jukari moves
For a better idea of what the techniques look like, the Reebok JUKARI Fit to Fly microsite gives a virtual look at various movements. Here are a few:
With feet on the ground and the body leaning forward, the Woodpecker consists of an up-and-down movement while extending your elbows with the help of the trapeze.
With your arms hanging straight from the trapeze, the Hanging Bicycle requires you to lift your legs off the ground and start mimicking a pedaling motion.
With the Snow Angels, your ankles are attached to restraints, which are tied to the trapeze. With your head on the ground and your arms in the form of a cross, proceed to open and close your legs.
To perform the Full Moon to Frog Jump, push-off with your legs and jump sideways to complete a full circle. While in the air, bring your heels together, imitating a frog’s jump.
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